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April 22, 2011 4:32:53 PM

ok so ive been looking at some CPU fans because my stock fan is extremely loud and does even cool that much. I was looking at the ZALMAN 9500A and the Hyper 212 Plus. They are right around the same price im wondering which one is better cooling wise. I don't know a lot about CPU fans so any help would help me.
here are the links
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

my specs

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W
Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

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a c 120 à CPUs
April 22, 2011 4:48:25 PM

Personally i own a 212+ and always recommend it for it's price/performance value.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10...
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April 22, 2011 6:07:06 PM

For Performance would agree wit ^. 212+ better than the 9500A.
Me I like the 9500 - It looks a LOT better, and I like the solid cu base.
Have the 9500A on my E6400 Oced to 3.2 GHz - works fine have had it since about 2 Monthes after the E6400s came out. Was on sale @ CompUSA before they went bellyup.

Have the 9700 on an I5-750 OC to 3.8 (Normally set it to 3.2 (Not a big diff between 3.2 & 3.8 (Pabably close to the 212+ for performance)

Have the 9900Max-B, waiting on my I5-2500K build - Beats the 212+ (Had a sale on it @ newegg recently for $65)

Newegg recently had the 9900A-LED on sale for under $40 (performance between the 9700 and the 9900Max
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April 22, 2011 9:57:55 PM

RetiredChief said:
For Performance would agree wit ^. 212+ better than the 9500A.
Me I like the 9500 - It looks a LOT better, and I like the solid cu base.
Have the 9500A on my E6400 Oced to 3.2 GHz - works fine have had it since about 2 Monthes after the E6400s came out. Was on sale @ CompUSA before they went bellyup.

Have the 9700 on an I5-750 OC to 3.8 (Normally set it to 3.2 (Not a big diff between 3.2 & 3.8 (Pabably close to the 212+ for performance)

Have the 9900Max-B, waiting on my I5-2500K build - Beats the 212+ (Had a sale on it @ newegg recently for $65)

Newegg recently had the 9900A-LED on sale for under $40 (performance between the 9700 and the 9900Max



which one of the Two is quieter because i don't want aloud CPU cooler
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April 23, 2011 3:06:31 AM

9500A-lED
Noise Level: 18.0±10%-27.5±10% dBA
Hyper 212+
Noise Level: 13 - 32 dBA

Both have simular ratings @ newegg
9500A-led has 2034 reviews while Hyper 212+ has 1256 reviews. Could be that the 9500A has been around longer.
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April 23, 2011 3:08:18 AM

RetiredChief said:
9500A-lED
Noise Level: 18.0±10%-27.5±10% dBA
Hyper 212+
Noise Level: 13 - 32 dBA

Both have simular ratings @ newegg
9500A-led has 2034 reviews while Hyper 212+ has 1256 reviews. Could be that the 9500A has been around longer.


So do you recommend me getting the 212+ of the 9500 because its quite and cools nicely
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April 23, 2011 3:56:30 AM

Here's you'll see the Hyper 212 finish at 36.8C ... the winner in this test was the Megahelams at 29.6 ... that's a 7.2C difference

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Here you see the Scythe Mugen 2 topping the Megahalems

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

The Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG 2100 is a bargain at $40 .... just $5 buys you another 7.5 degrees.

.... add another $5 for the TIM ... Shin Etsu matches AS5's performance but w/o AS5's 200 hour curing time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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April 23, 2011 3:24:50 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Here's you'll see the Hyper 212 finish at 36.8C ... the winner in this test was the Megahelams at 29.6 ... that's a 7.2C difference

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Here you see the Scythe Mugen 2 topping the Megahalems

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

The Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG 2100 is a bargain at $40 .... just $5 buys you another 7.5 degrees.

.... add another $5 for the TIM ... Shin Etsu matches AS5's performance but w/o AS5's 200 hour curing time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ok so you think this one would be the best one for me to get. Does this One run really quiet because thats a huge factor in what i want in my CPU cooler.
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a c 120 à CPUs
April 23, 2011 3:30:20 PM

The 212+ is good but i wouldn't call it quiet.
JackNaylorPE is right the Mugen 2 cools better and is quieter.
Me i have a Thermalright MUX-120 cuz i really like quiet.
Here's an excellent review.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...
Note in feature comparison the MUX-120 =no AMD support.
That's no longer true.
I agree with JackNaylorPE though the Mugen 2 is the best for the price and cooling ability.
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April 30, 2011 1:05:55 AM

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